Saturday, June 28, 2014

Meet Our Bride: Maria

I can't say enough about how positive my experience was at Madeleine's Daughter.  Every dress my stylist brought me was beautiful and within my budget.  She was just so darn good at her job! There were many styles I would not have picked on my own that ended up working for me.  In addition, the atmosphere is just incredibly comfortable and I felt utterly pampered.  Since this was my first dress shopping experience I decided to try a few other boutiques and they just could not compare, both in their level of customer service and their selection.  The next day I drove back to the store and put a deposit on my dress.   I would highly recommend Madeleine's Daughter to any bride!

All photos courtesy of Eric McCallister Photography
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Guest Post: The Wedding Belle

Brides today are getting increasingly creative in so many different areas of their wedding planning. One major trend is that's gotten very creative is the guest book. Today's guest post from The Wedding Belle focuses on this fun, quirky trend!

Today’s bride has been finding more and more ways to add a creative spin to the traditional Guest Book becoming more interactive than having to just sign a page. Guest Books are becoming more popular to leave out displayed in homes after the wedding.

A new trend that has started to emerge is the idea of having a tree design with both the Bride and Grooms names and the date of the event. Guests will then use a colored stamp pad (colors of the wedding or colors of the season) to leave their mark on a printed or painted canvas. Once the ink has dried guests can then sign the leaf or flower they had made. It’s a great piece that can then be framed and hung up for all to see for years to come.

Photo credit: Sarah Vanessa Photography
Photo Credit: Sarah Vanessa Photography
Photo Credit: Martin Haseman Photography
Have a photo booth set up during the Wedding Reception. Guests can have fun dressing up with props and can leave a goofy picture for the Bride and Groom to see at the end of the night. This adds a fun twist to the traditional guest book adding fun memorable photos.

Read the rest of the post on the Wedding Belle's blog here. What do you think of these creative guest book ideas? Is it something you might consider for your wedding? Leave a comment and tell us your thoughts!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

How to Be an Amazing Wedding Hostess (or Host)

These days, many couples are foregoing a lot of traditional aspects of the wedding day- from more casual attire to unique venues and just about everything else you can imagine. Because of this, it's harder and harder for guests to know what to expect. While you certainly can't expect to please everyone, there are some steps you can take as a couple to ensure that your guests are comfortable throughout your wedding day.

1.) Remember why they're there. You invited these guests hopefully because you are looking forward to having them be a part of a very important day in your life. You want to celebrate with them, right? And even more importantly, the guests at your wedding are the witnesses to your commitment and your marriage. They are there for more than the chicken piccata and the Chicken Dance. They are family and friends who have been there for you in the past and who you hope to have by your side in the future as well. You will undoubtedly be the center of attention on the wedding day (for obvious reasons), but you need to immediately dismiss the idea of it being "your" day.

Photo courtesy of Joseph Prezioso Photography

2.) Respect your guests' time and money. While you are focused on wedding planning and all the associated costs, it might be easy to lose sight of the fact that your guests are going to spend quite a lot as well- and not just on their gift for you. The travel expense, the time taken off from work, hiring a babysitter, purchasing a new outfit- all of these expenses add up, especially if they don't live close by. Take extra time to ensure your guests are as informed as possible, allowing them to make decisions to best suit them. This includes the timeline of events, the expected attire and of course information to familiarize them with the area. Don't assume or pressure your guests to be at every single event from the rehearsal dinner to the morning-after brunch. Do, however, make sure that you've provided all the necessary information for them so that they can decide which events outside of the main event of the wedding they will be able to attend. Which brings me to...

3.) PLAN. In fact, over-plan. A detailed timeline of the wedding weekend will not only be helpful for yourself and all of your vendors, it's a great way to ensure your guests always know what is happening as well as when and where. Your wedding invitation and your wedding website should have relevant information, or should at least point your guests in the right direction to find that information. Hotel accommodations, airport information, local restaurants and hot spots, etc. Many couples go so far as to create an "out-of-town" gift bag for guests with snacks, bottled water, toiletries and additional information about local attractions as well as appropriate phone numbers to call with questions. (A good guest would never call the bride before the wedding with a question about local eateries and such, but it's a nice courtesy to provide them with the right number to find the answer they need.) Even something as simple as letting your guests know the closest gas station and pharmacy is something many people don't even think of, but it just might make or break the weekend for them.

Finally, the best way to be a great host or hostess is...

4.) Say "Thank you." These two words will go a long way to making your guests feel welcome and appreciated.

Check the blog again soon for our compliment to this post, "How to Be an Amazing Guest."

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Meet Our Bride: Lindsay

This isn't the place you go to try on dresses, this is the place you go for find your wedding dress!
The lovely ladies that work here know what they are doing! With thousands of dresses in their inventory, they work with you to find the dress of your dreams. The key features of my dream dress were: ivory colored, lace, and material that would let me move, because I LOVE to dance and planned on doing a lot of it at my wedding! I had the pleasure of working with Ashley for my first appointment and she found me "THE ONE" on my third try on. I tried to play it off like it wasn't the one, but I found after every dress that I put on, I kept going back to it. Gazing at it, touching the lace and comparing it to all the others that came after it. It wasn't until she said, let me just get one other thing to try on (a veil) and placed it on me, that I knew this was it! I had found my dress or it had found me!

Madeleine's Daughter was a pleasure to work with. They work with you every step of the way and have the timeline of appointments down to a science. Being like most brides, I was hoping to slim down before my final fitting. When I dropped 4 dress sizes, it wasn't a problem at all. They have a fabulous and extremely talented seamstress, Kathy, that was able to make my dress fit me perfectly. She was able to stitch some additional accessories within the dress for me as well. All in all, it was such a fun experience and I am so happy to have found my dress with them!

In addition to finding my dress, my Mom found her stunning "Mother of the Bride" dress there as well. She had an equally fun and fancy experience with trying on, selecting, and tailoring her dress to her. She was treated with the same time, love and attention as I had received. On my wedding day at Flag Hill, we were the two best dressed ladies at the vineyard! My husband and the groomsmen looked handsome as well, in their rented tuxedo suits from Soiree, Madeleine's sister store. I can't thank the ladies at Madeleine's enough for all the thought and care that went into making me feel like a true princess on my wedding day. Keep up the excellent customer service & I will continue to recommend you to all of my single ladies!

All photos courtesy of Jay Drinker Images
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Key to My Heart

One trend that we have been loving here at Madeleine's Daughter is the keyhole back. It's absolutely stunning and there are so many different dresses that feature that detail. Take a minute to enjoy this collection of past Madeleine's Daughter brides who chose that look for their wedding day:

What do you think of all these variations on the keyhole back? Would you wear a wedding gown like this? Leave a comment and tell us your thoughts!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Meet Our Bride: Lauren

I was married on September 21, 2013 in Sandwich, MA, and purchased my gown, my bridesmaids dresses, and my mother's dress all from Madeleine's Daughter! We had an absolutely wonderful experience with you! Ashley, my bridal stylist, was so kind and patient with me as I sorted through dresses before I found "the One." She was very respectful of my budget and was able to make my bridal gown vision come true! Ashley made me feel so comfortable throughout my experience and confident with my final choice- I loved her! Everyone at Madeleine's Daughter was so friendly and accommodating to us every single time we came in. I am so SO happy that I was able to find the perfect gown at Madeleine's and I recommend your shop to every bride I meet. Thank you for everything!

All photos courtesy of Hike Photography
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Inspiration: Bridesmaids

Sometimes when you're trying to decide what you want to do for your wedding, it helps to see what other brides in the past have done. You might love it or you might hate it, but either way, it can help to determine what you prefer. So, take a look at our brides from the past few years and the choices they made with their bridesmaid dresses, then leave a comment and tell us what you think!


Long, short, neutral, colorful, traditional, modern, formal, casual, mismatched or matching- how do you think these brides did in choosing a bridesmaid dress that works well with their bridal gown? What are your plans for your bridesmaids? Leave us a comment and tell us all about it!


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